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Sep 16, 2008 7:02 PM

The Inside Sraight by Joe Awada | There are some nice things happening over in the Palms poker room, so much so that I’ve decided to become personally involved. But more about that in a moment.

First of all, I’ve always enjoyed playing poker at the Palms. The intimate poker room has a player-friendly staff with limits structured for virtually any kind of player.

Plus, because of the Maloof’s connection with so many celebrities and pro athletes, you never know who’s going to appear for a friendly game of poker.

For instance, last week a group of U.S. Olympic athletes, fresh from the games in China, were staying at the Palms and I had a chance to play poker with gold medalist Michael Phelps, the record-breaking swimming sensation.

Another visitor to the Palms last week was TV and movie star Charlie Sheen. He, like Michael and so many other celebs, seems to "let his hair down" once in the casual though eclectic atmosphere of the Palms’ casino.

For players, the Palms poker room has some great ongoing promotions, as my good friend Joe Sartori, the poker room manager, explains.

"We just started a weekly $5,000 freeroll that requires only 12 hours of play to qualify," Sartori said. "The qualifiers return on Tuesday and play in a single table satellite, from which the last two players each receive $100 and return on Wednesday to play for $3,000."

Winner of the freeroll tournament receives a cool $1,000 with cash awarded through 15th place.

Other nice promotions include the daily high-hand progressive jackpot, and the "Diamonds are Forever" promotion.

"Any player who catches a diamond flush is entered into a drawing," Sartori said. "The following day, four names are pulled and each receives $100."

Like most players, I enjoy these daily perks, which really add to the fun and excitement of the poker game itself.

Now, about my own involvement with the Palms poker room: Over the next few weeks, I’ll be hosting poker lessons twice a week for players seeking to learn the basic games.

These will include No-Limit Hold’em, as well as Omaha, which is really starting to come into its own as a game of choice.

In addition, once a month I’ll be hosting more advanced seminars geared to the intermediate player who wants to move up to the next level.

Topics of the seminar will range from tournament strategy to money management and live action cash games.

I hosted several of these seminars last year at the Venetian and Green Valley Ranch and they were well-attended and well-received, so I’m expecting a similar response at the Palms.

In the next couple of weeks, I’ll have some firm times and dates scheduled, so be sure to check back.